A couple of months ago a friend went to a Brooke Fraser concert and was talking to me about the opening act for Brooke, someone called MAALA. They said I should give this guy a listen and honestly I don’t really remember if I did or not, but I regret not giving him more of a go if I did because MAALA’s music is fantastic.
If I had to try and sum up MAALA in as compact a way as possible I’d say – and I hate saying it because every up and coming New Zealand musician will probably be compared to her at some point from now on – that he’s like a male Lorde in many ways (the use of the phrase “thrill of it” in his song “In The Air” also present in Lorde’s “Tennis Court” doesn’t help). Both have moody, atmospheric music with voices that evoke the emotions of the song with seemingly subconscious ease. Continue reading